Leadership – Mitt Romney

Leadership - Mitt Romney

Leadership – Mitt Romney


Quote:  Leadership

“Leadership is about taking responsibility and not making excuses.”

  – Mitt Romney

Inspirational Quote: Destiny – Henry Ford



Destiny - Henry Ford

Destiny – Henry Ford


“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”

 ~ Henry Ford

About Henry Ford:

Henry Ford   July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

Despite the fact that Ford was not the creator of the automobile or the assembly line,  Henry Ford,  developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford. He is largely responsible for the modern day automobile becoming mainstream and changing the landscape of the typical American lifestyle.

Canva Review – Free online Photo editing tool

canva logo

canva logo

I must admit that the Canva tool and service is pretty simple and easy to use.  Since the product is still in beta, it should be easy for just about anyone to use.  On a frequent basis I work with Photoshop and Gimp for my photo editing needs and web images. As a hands on person, I am always on the look out for something new and easy to use to help save  me time.

The Canva website provides several in depth online design tutorials on how to get started and use the canva website.  The courses and tutorials are very well thought out and put together. They remind me somewhat of Lynda.com online classes.

One of the best features about Canva is that it is essentially free to use. If you want a specific image on any subject, most likely they have it. You pay only $1.00.

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Inspirational Quote: Talent – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Quote: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well and doing well whatever you do without thoughts of fame...     ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



About Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  (Feb 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include “Paul Revere’s Ride”, The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline.



Inspirational Quote – Perserverance – Thomas Edison

Quote - Thomas Edison

Quote –  Perseverance  –  Thomas Edison



“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

~Thomas Edison


About Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. Mr. Edison was a prolific inventor, developing many devices that affect our lives today including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the electric light bulb.


Pixabay Review – Your Soution to Great Images

Photo credit - Pixaby

Photo credit – Pixaby

I think that I struck gold with my new find:  Pixaby – An online source for images and vectors…

Where has this wonderful tool been hiding?  I literally just found it.. It is a pure goldmine for creative commons, free quality images that can be used for personal and commercial projects.

Yes you read it correctly, commercial projects can use Pixaby…  I really wonder how they make money with this golden nugget.

Pixaby has a clever concept.  There are sponsored ads by Paid stock image sources like: Shutterstock. Brilliant idea.

They offer you a chance not to have ads, by sharing a certain amount of photos yourself. I may upload a few of my candid beach and travel scenes.

I just realized that they are really sort of competing with Flickr.  It is just more simple and easy concept for photos to use for social media projects, since most of their photos come in various sizes.

Learn more about Pixaby by going t their website: Pixaby.com

Pixaby offers free plugins and code on their website, in the event that you are using WordPress

A few Highlights on Pixaby:

  • Registration is not necessary to download them.
  • All images are copyright free.
  • Search images by name and filter by orientation (landscape or portrait) and image type (photo, clipart, or vector.)
  • You can use filters to search
  • You can download images.
  • You can save pictures on your personal computer.
  • Be sure to give credit to the person who took the picture and show their name wherever the image is used. Consider adding images to this site to increase the number of options and expand the ideas of Creative Commons. Adding images does require you to join the site (email required).

Wikipedia – It is not always about the Money

Photo credit: PixaBay - Wikipedia - Jimmy Wales

Photo credit: PixaBay – Wikipedia – Jimmy Wales


It is not always about the money – I am often a curious as to why Wikipedia just does not bite the bullet and start placing tasteful ads on the site.

As a person that loves the site, I am a bit annoyed at how they are always asking for money.  Can’t they just integrate advertising into their business model and still not be considered a sell out to their troves of valiant volunteers.

I personally believe that EVERYONE that has ever used Wikipedia, should contribute money to the site…. If you don’t have much to give, consider donating a few dollars.  If you are more well off, then contribute more…

I can see it clearly now how it could be done in a manner that would work similar to public broadcasting. This most likely will never happen, but a girl can still dream…

The mastermind behind the creation of Wikipedia may have something to do with this concept.  He is a low key tech genius that is not money hungry. This mastermind is none other than Jimmy Wales.  Mr. Wales is definitely a person that I admire and would love to meet in person or have a conversation. He is so brilliant, I am sure that I would learn so much in just a brief conversation. [Read more…]

Inspirational Quote – Enthusiasm – Winston Churchill


Quote: Winston Churchill - Enthusiasm

Quote: Winston Churchill – Enthusiasm



“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

                                                                                                                         ~ Winston Churchill


About – Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

(30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965)  Winston Churchill was a writer, historian, Nobel  prize Laureate, British officer, British politician and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom


Inspirational Quote – Walt Disney – Dreams and Courage

Walt Disney - Dreams and Courage

Walt Disney – Dreams and Courage



“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

                                                                                                                                      ~ Walt Disney


About Walt Disney

(December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) –  Walter Elias Disney was an American business magnate, cartoonist, and filmmaker.  In addition to being a brilliant animator and business mogul, Walt Disney and his brother, Roy O. Disney founded The Walt Disney Company.




Author Scott Westerfield – Sage Advice from NY Times Best Selling Author


Photo Credit: Scott Westerfield - Afterworlds

Photo Credit: Scott Westerfield – Afterworlds

Many of you know about my writing challenge for the month of November.  I am in the editing mode now of my novel. It is a delightful experience.

I enjoy learning tips from successful writers.  It is so nice to see someone successful sharing tips and strategies for the newbies wanting to grow and strengthen their craft.

I came across Scott Westerfield’s blog post on Writing Advice and Point of View… Here are my favorite takeaways…


What is Point of View as it relates to writing?

According to Scott Westerfield:

Point of view is hard. It’s complicated, subtle, and confusing, and POV failure is one of the most common reasons why agents and publishers cast aside submissions half read.

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